Yep, it's that time of year again. The time when The Weather Channel sends people to Florida for...nothing. Now, don't get me wrong; tropical storms and hurricanes can be deadly. It's just that, statistically, most of them really aren't.
Yes, there's a lot of wind and rain and flooding. But unless you're a moron, those things generally aren't life-threatening (caveat: if a tree falls on you, that doesn't make you a moron necessarily - but it could in certain circumstances). It's not like you don't know the storm is coming - usually several days before it arrives (I'm sure there's a government program to tell people that there is a storm coming...I'm pretty sure I can WALK out of harm's way within a few days). It's not like you can't see the water rising (unless a dam breaks and it all rushes at you at once). It's not like you shouldn't know better than to drive your car through water that is deep enough that you can't see the paint on the road underneath. It's not like you should be outside enjoying the nice weather in the middle of a torrential downpour. Yes, if you die in a hurricane, it's usually because of your own stupidity.
That said, this morning I've had enough rain. We've had pretty much three straight days of it here, and I'm ready for some sunshine. I did manage to get a run in on Saturday morning before the rain started, but now that it's Tuesday, I'm getting stir crazy. So guess what I did today? I was an idiot and went for a run in the middle of a tropical storm. It was fantastically, exhilaratingly glorious.
Here are some things to remember when you want to exercise outside in a tropical storm:
- You are going to get wet. Really wet.
- Being wet makes your clothes weigh about 1,000 pounds. Yes, even those stinky sweat-wicking clothes.
- Stinky sweat-wicking clothes don't smell nearly as bad when you finish a run in a tropical storm.
- A hat will not keep your face dry (in my defense, it wasn't expecting it to; I wanted it to keep my hair out of my face while I was running)
- The wind is far more irritating than the rain. While the rain feels like needles in 30+mph winds, the constant change of direction means you never know where the pain is going to come from next.
- If you do MovNat on a metal and plastic playground during a tropical storm, it will be slippery.
- If you are even moderately good at getting up on top of a bar, you can still do it, despite how slippery it is (even I managed to do it, and didn't slip off).
- You do not run barefoot on pavement in the rain (no, I didn't try it, I wore VFFs).
- Mosquitoes will still eat you alive even in a torrential downpour. What. The. FUCK.
- Throwing a big wet limestone rock around your really squishy yard is an excellent workout - especially when you're dancing around because you're being eaten alive by said mosquitoes.
- 73-degrees Fahrenheit in the rain and 30+mph winds is NOT warm.
- You won't be nearly as dirty as you hoped when you finish your foray into nature when you exercise in a tropical storm (assuming you're just out in the neighborhood).
- You will finish with a smile on your face.
Yes, if you love the outdoors, now is the time to get out there and enjoy Mother Nature's raw power. But please, don't be a moron.
** Note: I did not endanger myself at all on this run. While it was a bit windy and rainy, there was no thunder or lightning, and there is no flooding in my area. Literally, the most dangerous thing I did was play on the wet metal playground...and being the clumsy fool I am, I was very careful (and actually managed to not get injured). Please don't go out in terrible weather and say I told you it would be safe. That would make you...a fucking moron.